A seldom climbed but fun route found a few feet left of Yoda. being trad protected and in the middle of the hotbed of sport climbing, it's no wonder why it sees less traffic. However, there are anchors at the top that you could easily set up a toprope on after leading Yoda.
Starting 10 feet left of Yoda in a corner.... Climb either straight up with stemming or out right and back to meet the nice fingers and hands crack. A little loose rock may be encountered, but over all, the route is quality, having the same over all feel as its popular neighbors without the bolts.
Another reason to bring a small rack to Rumney on a crowded day.
Darth Vadar is shown at 1:05
Just left of Yoda (5.9) on the left end of Darth Vader Crag....
By E thatcher From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH) Mar 20, 2009
The low bolt is now gone, im just hoping some one didn't fall on it. The route can still be climbed, and reasonably protected by going right first and sneaking in a piece or two. As Lee says in the description, a TR can also easily be set up with a small traverse from the top of Yoda. Bring gear to extend the anchor over the lip as it is very abrasive rock up there
By matthewWallace From: plymouth, nh Mar 21, 2009 rating: 5.95c17VI17HVS 5a
yes the bolt was removed because where the bolt was there is bomber trad placements merely inches above it, so the bolt didnt make much sense
By lee hansche Administrator From: goffstown, nh Mar 21, 2009
yeah the bolt was silly... you could easily ground out with that thing clipped so it was not needed... as matt said the gear is fine...
By E thatcher From: Plymouth/ North Conway (NH) Mar 25, 2009
After much loose rock was taken out of the lowest section below, I finished the climb on a cold day in early December, 1987 with 'Lee the Flea'. It was quite an excavation to create what is known now as 'Darth Vader'. The name of the climb is fine and "may the force be with us".
By Chris Duca Administrator From: Havertown, PA May 6, 2012 rating: 5.95c17VI17HVS 5a
Climbed this for the first time today. Super fun movement through the flaring offwidth, and some engaging climbing above. too bad it's so short.